Good Friday: Part One

We are a society driven by consumerism and marketing. There are millions of ho-hum products out there from aging cream, cars, televisions, tablets, and smartphones.  We are spenders and consumers. We are also a society of debtors with credit cards our biggest downfall, the illusion of wealth.  Living from paycheck to paycheck, we pay minimum payments and continue our quest of material things. We clip coupons to save a few dollars at the grocery store and look for bargains in every store, even watch television shows for guidance and entertainment. Few of us have the resources to get what we want when we want it. Therefore, it is imperative that we pay double-digit interest to insure that we keep up. This is not to say that some things we cannot live without due to modern living, it is the excess we must be concerned with.

We want, we take, we consume. We expect the next purchase to satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. We hope the new car smell will last past the first payment. We want the house that others long to have. We want, we want…but are we ever satisfied?

Take a walk through your house, closets, storage room, and garage for a moment. Really. Do it right now. This article will be here when you are finished. Trust me, I’m not leaving you hanging here.

Now that you are back, did you see anything that made you think, “Why did I buy that?” or “What was I thinking when I charged that?” Did you find any clothes you just had to have that are now out of style? Did you really need that iced coffee with a Styrofoam sleeve?

Be honest, did you find anything there that makes you so content that you don’t need anything else? Solomon thought he could get to the point where he had everything he wanted. He never did. He did get to the point where he realized that having everything wasn’t all there was to life.

Solomon had it all, but it didn’t satisfy him. He didn’t have to use a credit card; he paid on gold. Solomon called it all “chasing the wind.” Funny thought, really. If man were evolving as some say he is, you would think he would have learned the lesson of Solomon by now. After all, on our middle income level, how could we ever get it all? And if we did, would we be happy? NO! Just ask Solomon.

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